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Prof. Bhaktee Dongaonkar

Ph.D. in Cognition and Neural System from University of Arizona, USA; M.Sc in Cognitive Science from University of Allahabad; B.E in Electronics Engineering from Savitribai Phule Pune University.


Prof. Bhaktee Dongaonkar is Assistant Professor - Psychology at FLAME University. She received her PhD in Cognition and Neural System from the University of Arizona, USA, MSc in Cognitive Science from University of Allahabad and Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from University of Pune.

She has a work experience of over eleven years and was associated with Advanced Life Sciences Lecture Series for Undergraduates, NCBS and University of Arizona.

Prof. Bhaktee studies the effects of stress, depression, and degeneration on learning and memory processes in humans. She was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Sumantra Chattarji at the National Center for Biological Sciences (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) in Bangalore. Here, she studied memory updating processes in unipolar and bipolar depression patients. For her ongoing work, she collaborates with the Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (Bangalore) to scientifically evaluate the nootropic role of Brahmi Ghrita in individuals with mild cognitive impairment

Bhaktee loves to read and bake in her free time. She also loves to travel and explore new places.


  • Dongaonkar, B., Hupbach, A., Nadel, L., & Chattarji, S. (2019). Differential effects of unipolar and bipolar depression in episodic memory updating. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 161, 158-168.

  • Dongaonkar, B. (2016). We are what we remember: Unravelling Memories. In Vallath, R., & Ravi, C. (Eds), I Wonder-Rediscovering School Science, Azim Premji Foundation, Issue 2, 117-121.

  • Dongaonkar, B., Hupbach, A., Gomez, R., & Nadel, L. (2013). Effects of psychosocial stress on episodic memory updating. Psychopharmacology, 226(4), 769-779.

  • Hoscheidt, S., Dongaonkar, B., Payne, J.D., & Nadel, L. (2013). Emotion, Stress, and memory. In Reisberg, D. (Eds.), Memory and Emotion, The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Psychology, New York: Oxford, University Press. 3